I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “Laughter is good for the soul.”
This week, I have been so thankful for laughter. After hearing the news of what my sister went through, and then reading her blog post about the incident, there were many tears. And I am sure that there will be more.
We have so much to be thankful for, and it is not right or healthy for us to be constantly in a state of sorrow. (As an update to those who read the post, my sister and her family will be here next Thursday to recuperate.) Although I know that everyone moves through times of hardship and trial at a different pace, my mom and I found many times this week that we were talking on the phone about things that needed to be done and laughing over silly matters.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:” and in matters of emotional needs, there is nothing that helps more than laughter. I commented on my sister’s post that even though we would hug and cry with her, we would laugh too. Laughter heals.
Scientifically, the Bible has been proven to be right. HELPGUIDE.org shares these facts about how laughter is the best medicine:
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
When my mom told me that Amy said she had laughed for the first time since the robbery and attack, I was comforted as I knew that laughing does something nothing else can do.
As I was thinking these thoughts about laughter this week, we read December 6 reading out of Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas. Even though I don’t love the book like I thought I would, she tells the story of Isaac and how God brings us the gift of laughter. She says,
Joy is the gigantic secret gift that God gives us and we never stop unwrapping. We were once all alone, but now we’ve been given a Child — the many-many-many-great-grandson of Abraham, the Baby Jesus. And Jesus makes us laugh because He’s coming to save us and free us from all our fears (and our sins–my note).
What a great gift: the gift of laughter!
I am so thankful that we can have the Joy of God for all eternity and this gift of laughter.
Here are two posts that I particularly enjoyed reading from last week and I pinned them to the Thoughtful Thursday’s Pinterest board:
Last week, I enjoyed reading For the days when things don’t go as planned… by Middle Places. Reading the post will bring you “tidings of Comfort and Joy.”
31 Days of Devotions/Day 31/Life is Short from Loving Christ Ministries has four good points to consider when making your goals.
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